17 November, 2012

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
17 November (4 November O.S.):


  • BIRNSTAN (BEORNSTAN), the successor of St. Frithestan (10th September) as Bishop of Winchester.   He is especially remembered for his devotion to praying for the departed, which he was doing when he reposed circa A.D. 934.
  • CLARUS, a native of Rochester who went to Normandy, where he lived as a hermit near Rouen.   He was murdered circa A.D. 875 in the village, which now bears the name of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte in his honour, and where his relics are venerated there to this day.
  • EMERIC, the son of St. Stephen (16th August), the first Christian King of Hungary.   St. Emeric was a disciple of St. Gerard Sagredo of Czanad (24th September), and reposed in A.D. 1031, before he could inherit the crown.
  • GREGORY OF BURTSCHEID, a Greek monk from Cerchiara in Calabria who fled from the Saracens and met Emperor Otto III in Rome.   The latter befriended him, invited him to Germany and built for him the monastery of Burtscheid near Aachen.   St. Gregory reposed in A.D. 999.
  • MODESTA, a niece of St. Modoald (12th May), and the first Abbess of Oehren in Trier.   She reposed circa A.D. 680.
  • PHILOLOGUS AND PATROBAS, (first century), Christians in Rome greeted by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans (16:14-18).
  • PROCULUS, a Bishop of Autun who was martyred by invading Huns circa A.D. 717.
  • VITALIS AND AGRICOLA, martyrs in Bologna under Diocletian circa A.D. 304.   St. Vitalis suffered martyrdom with such courage that St. Agricola was inspired to face a shameful death — most likely crucifixion — for Christ's sake.   The basilica in Ravenna is dedicated to St. Vitalis.



* - Prior to the Schism the Patriarchate of Rome was Orthodox and fully in communion with the Orthodox Church. As Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco +1966 said "The West was Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable Liturgy is far older than any of her heresies."




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